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Planning a vacation always causes some excitement – from choosing the destination to the best dates to suit the whole travelling party. Once booked, marking the calendar is the final confirmation and the countdown can start. However, long holidays and far-off destinations are not always possible. But living in the big city, there are great getaways right on your doorstep. Let me tell you more:

Taking a break from the hustle and bustle

As the world was hit with the COVID-19 virus, things have changed – not all for the worst. During the lockdown, families had the time to enjoy more time together and even have meals as a family and, with that, homes became offices and parents’ teachers. The city is undoubtedly starting to feel a little cramped, and everyone needs a break.  Longhaul vacations might not be possible, but there are great options closer to home to experience an authentic South African safari.

Waterberg Region

Situated in the Limpopo Province, the Waterberg Mountain Range paints a fantastic backdrop to the Waterberg region. This area is internationally recognised as a natural heritage site and is a unique area of South Africa.

UNESCO has awarded the area the status of World Biosphere Reserve and is the only savannah biosphere in the world.

Home to the Big five and so many other species, including Sable and Roan antelope, which are rarely seen anywhere else, there is more to explore. The Waterberg area is rich in cultural and archaeological, but the region also has a fascinating history. This was first home to the San Bushmen, with several archaeological sites and bushmen paintings found in the area.

Safari Plains the perfect option

Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway or maybe a break over the festive season, there are some great options in the Waterberg Region. The Safari Plains Lodge, the perfect choice, is only 200 kilometres from Johannesburg. You can leave after the kids return from school on Friday afternoon and then be back before they start their new week on Monday – relaxed and recharged.

Safari Plains offers accommodation for every type of traveller, you have the choice of either a safari tent or a luxury tent.

Each tent is located along a winding pathway from the main lodge and offers a fantastic retreat for guests. Enjoy the natural bushveld and fresh air as you enjoy the private deck. Both tent styles options also offer family tents which allow for a second bedroom for the children – the perfect family getaway.

Morning and afternoon game drives are on the cards when staying at Safari Plains.  Nothing more exciting setting off in the early morning to spot wildlife as they wake up and start their day. Horseback safaris are also an option. Wanting to get a little closer to nature, why not book a guided bush walk with a qualified guide.

There is also a swimming pool at the main lodge which you can enjoy between game drives. To completely relax, there is a spa that can treat you to a massage or facial.

Your day ends with a fantastic dinner, and you can learn more about the stars. With almost no pollution or city lights, stargazing is breathtaking here.

So, whether you are just looking forward to a break from daily chores and zoom meetings, or would like to enjoy some time in nature, why not book a few nights at Safari Plains. You will not be disappointed!